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Solar Kits Change Lives

Solar Kits change lives.

  • They are easy to transport.
  • They need no electricity.
  • They empower missionaries and Christian workers to speak to multiple people at once.
  • They draw a crowd because they show “moving pictures” anywhere—even in the most media starved areas of the world.

$1,000 is all it takes to change a life, a family, a village, a tribe, or maybe an entire nation.

Listen as mission workers Nathan Durant and Ron Morse talk about the powerful difference a Solar Kit can make.

 

You can make a Solar Kit available for a missionary or National Christian Worker anywhere in the world. Click the icon to the left and give any amount to help!

God’s Word at Our Core

  • Posted On February 10, 2014
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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
– Hebrews 4:12

Engaging God’s Word is a powerful experience. It pierces, comforts, exposes, and enlightens. It is God’s breath on us, his spirit, his very essence. Reading, memorizing, and listening to it is important, but our hearts and souls are immediately and eternally shaped by living it. GNPI has an unrelenting commitment to the living Word of God.

Let me tell you a story.

GNPI-Damoh, India, hired a Muslim actor last year to dramatize the New Testament stories of Jesus used to produce The Global Gospel. The man came, thinking he was simply doing a job: helping us share our message in the Urdu language.

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Little did he know how four days of pouring emotion into each verse and line of the 88 stories featured in The Global Gospel would change him. This Muslim actor knew little about Jesus when he started recording, but found himself weeping as the impact of Scripture resounded in his mind.

“I am honored that Allah chose my voice to be the voice of his great prophet Isa (Jesus),” he said, “But today, I am convinced he is more than just a prophet!”

I think Jesus would say to our Muslim friend what he said to the teacher of the law in Mark 12:34, “…you are not far from the Kingdom of God!”

You see, the Word stands alone.

God’s Word is full of integrity and grit. It can pierce all on its own when the soil is ready to receive the seed. No preaching, no apologetics, just the gentle, steady filling of the Word brought this Muslim man closer to being our brother in Christ.

That’s why we cherish the Word of God!

13 Years of GNPI in Photos

  • Posted On February 8, 2014
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by Pa See Vang, Creative Team Assistant, GNPI

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A year and 8 months ago I walked into GNPI and began working to archive images. At the end of last month I was officially done archiving all photos from the years 2000 to 2013.  It’s kind of unreal to me that I have seen 13 years of GNPI’s ministry through the more than 10,000 photos I have processed. As a celebration, I chose to share my favorite images from my first folder I ever worked on. These photos were from the slums of Kenya.

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Solar Kits Take Christian Media to the Hardest-to-Reach Areas

by Greg Fish, Creative Project Designer, GNPI

Imagine you are a missionary trying to reach people deep in the jungles of the Amazon. Many can’t read, and sharing the Gospel visually is a challenge because electricity is scarce to non-existent. This was the case for David Gonzalez and his partners, just one of similar scenarios all over the globe. If only there was an innovative way to help nationals and missionaries use media resources in their evangelism efforts!

There is. The GNPI Solar Kit is a lightweight, easily portable projector powered by the sun. Solar Kits are taking the Gospel places never before thought possible. Thanks to the donations of generous people, now David can take his brand new Solar Kit with him as he travels down the Amazon by canoe. Moving images that are commonplace for us, captivate and engage all audiences in remote places. The testimonies seem limitless, but one early adopter of this technology once said:

“I used to have 40 or 50 people come for preaching services and baptisms were few. Now I have between 500 and 600 people come and baptisms are in the hundreds.”

GNPI’s regional center in the Philippines wrote recently that they will be converting all their material (previously released on DVD) to play from SD cards on the Solar Kit. This is so pastors in the typhoon affected area of Culion, Palawan, can take turns using this resource where electricity still has not been restored.

The first Solar Kits at GNPI were audio-visual packs that powered film-strip projectors. They evolved over time to support VHS, DVD, and now feature micro-projectors. In over more than three decades, about 400 Solar Kits have been mobilized to nearly 50 countries throughout the world.

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The Kits are customized to meet the needs of specific regions in the world. In India, for instance, the Solar Kit utilizes a popular built-in TV, while the projector-style kit comes in a waterproof case that, when opened, doubles as a small screen. Many project media on a wall or a sheet.

GNPI planned to raised funds to mobilize 100 Solar Kits in 2013. With God’s help that goal was surpassed – 132! The cost to assemble and mobilize an entire kit is $1000, but donations of any size can help these powerful ministry tools become a reality for missionaries like David Gonzales. Your investment could be part of a life-changing story!

 

I Visited GNPI

  • Posted On February 6, 2014
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By guest blogger, Ralph Shead, LATM

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Recently I had the privilege to be at Good News Production’s morning prayer time as a visitor. An unexpected treat was that Jason from GNPI had scheduled to Skype from India so his NOMaD training class could interact with the GNPI people in Joplin.

One of the three teams said that they were glad to have Jason as a teacher; they wished the training could last 6 months. Another team reported that their project was to expose the awfulness of the caste system, which is so much a part of daily life there. These are people who are living for Christ and wanting to share, in an ever widening circle, how our God loves people and wants them to come close to him.

David Lall interpreted the Hindi into English for us and told the brethren there what was spoken to them from our end. Everyone in India waved their greeting and good will in Christ to us in Joplin, and we responded likewise in joy. Their enthusiasm infected us!

We ended the Skype call by praying together.

In each of the Great Commission passages Jesus is in a new place and emphasizes something different. We are most familiar with Matthew 28 and Acts 1, but the Gospels of Mark, Luke, and John also record words of Jesus sending out his followers to the whole world.

“This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48.)

What will happen in all nations? “Repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in all nations.” He didn’t state it as a command here, he gave it as a promise of what will happen. I’d like to be a part of that, wouldn’t you? He will bring it to pass whether we help out or not. It doesn’t all depend on us. If we fail, or if we forget, or if we just sit and watch without helping, the Lord will still make it happen! Let’s pray for it to happen. Let’s be a part of helping the nations hear!

Thank the Lord with me for Jason and his eager students. They’ve chosen to be helpers.

Intentions of the Heart

The news coming out of Ukraine is grim these days, but take a look at this video.

This is the first video produced by four people who attended the NOMaD training in Donetsk last summer. Because of their Russian accents, you may not understand every word they speak, but the intentions of their hearts are pretty clear.

Would you pray as we seek sponsorship for this team?

Our Journey to “The Distant Boat”

  • Posted On February 4, 2014
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by Isaac Masiga, Regional Director, GNPI-Kenya

The journey of making this movie, called The Distant Boat, began in 2012. On Field Media (an arm of the African Inland Mission) approached GNPI-Kenya to partner with them in telling a story that would invite the African Church to embrace their unique opportunity to reach Africa’s unreached people. Both ministries saw a huge need and responded with the making of The Distant Boat.

 

We asked Isaac (pictured below) to tell us about the journey…

Isaac“In the past we have been blessed by the ministry of missionaries who have come from far and wide, left their families and comfort, to come to Africa and serve in the mission field. Despite their priceless efforts, we still have about 900 people groups in Africa who still don’t know about Jesus.

For this reason, we needed to be very strategic. We went beyond what we knew about Africa in our local African setting to engage others around Africa. We took time to research how the African Church thinks inside their belief systems and traditions. We needed extensive research because we wanted to reach not just Kenya where the movie was shot, but the entire African continent. Our story had to be very culturally rich because it had to be a true representation of a typical African setting.

As we thought about the best places to do the movie, we decided on two locations: Malindi (along the northern coast of Kenya) and Nairobi (Kenya’s capital city). This, we thought, was an ideal representation of an African setting where one is very rural and undeveloped, and the other is bustling with a lot of activities, kind of like the NYC of Kenya. We felt these were the best locations to depict a typical “mission field” scenario. Nairobi, the comfort zone that one would have to leave, and Malindi, far from home, remote, and undeveloped. Not many are willing to make the sacrifice to leave home to take the Good News of the Gospel to people who need it.

A commissioning service was held in September 2012 and God provided the right people to fill the right spots all along the way. Finding the right cast and crew was not hard and soon the cameras began to roll! We continued shooting for close to four months and took another 10 months editing the work.

All our hard work was put to the test when we premiered the movie last year, October 2013. The movie was well received in the theaters and is continuing to get a lot of attention. It is very popular in churches especially, based on its quality and content. Here’s a look at the trailer.

For now we are planning to translate the movie into other languages starting with Swahili and French. It is our prayer that this movie will continue to impact the African Church and challenge them to become a major force in the future by sending people to the mission field; for the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.”

Prayers & Praises

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” — Colossians 3:17

Celebrating a Decade of Work!
Praise God for the work of GNPI-SE Asia for the last 10 years! TP and others (including International Director Bob Sartoris and Director of Operations Tom Nutt) are taking time to thank God and celebrate this milestone. TP asked that we join him in praying that God would continue to give them knowledge and wisdom to touch the hearts of people as they prepare productions.

Mixing Work and Pleasure!
Director of Development Matt Brock writes from GNPI-Mexico, “It has been a pleasure to meet and spend time with our talented staff here.” Director of Operations Tom Nutt and a group of students from the University of Missouri made good progress on a project of adding some interior walls at the office in Piedras Negras.

Open Doors!
Please pray for GNPI in Joplin, MO, as we prepare to host two Open House events this month on February 20 at 7:00 p.m. and February 25 at noon. Then we will offer three Vision Night locations to provide a chance for ministry partners to invest and to learn more information about accelerating global evangelism through media and technology in 2014.

“A Difficult Topic to Maneuver!”
GNPI-Philippines started 2014 by showing the Independence episode of WWJD. Regional Director Nenette Pacoli asks that we continue to lift them up as they address the topic of homosexuality for one of the next programs. Nenette says, “We are looking for people who would be willing to give their testimonies. It is a difficult topic to maneuver. We really need wisdom on this one.”

Revealing God’s Priorities!
Executive Director Mike Schrage and International Director Bob Sartoris have just returned from north Africa for some important meetings. Mike said the meetings were “incredibly helpful” to attend. Praise God for their safety and for revealing his priorities for projects and funding.

GNPI’s Core Values

  • Posted On February 3, 2014
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by Mike Schrage, Executive Director, GNPI

GNPI’s strong and steady foundation was built on some core values that have remained consistent through more than 3 decades. Technology has changed and the way we deliver the Message has changed, but THE MESSAGE has not changed and it never will.

The way we look, the colors we use, our logo—all those things have changed slightly over the years but the message is rock solid.

Helping Them Become Employable, Ethical, and Empowered

  • Posted On February 1, 2014
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“The less people know, the more they yell.” — Seth Godin

Uganda has a history filled with chaos, corrupt dictators, and civil war. In short, the vast majority of the nation’s history has been turbulent. But, since the mid 1980’s, peace has won the day. Not only has a more stable environment emerged, but along with it opportunities to develop this once war-torn land.

Opportunity presents hope where previously none was felt. Sensing a positioning from God, a team of missionaries joined together in Mbale, Uganda, in 1995. Their vision: to play a role in quieting the chaos in Uganda permanently by planting churches, and educating tomorrow’s leaders. A path toward healing could be forged through knowledge and the subsequent empowerment it would bring. So began Messiah Theological Institute (MTI), a school to train Christian leaders. Hundreds from Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, and other African nations have been trained at MTI.

The dream soon expanded. Theological training was powerful and having an impact, but there were yet more opportunities to claim for Christ. Uganda needed highly trained, ethical, and employable graduates to pioneer the way forward in many areas that held great promise for the developing nation. Plans for Livingstone International University (LIU) found their way to the drafters table. A university could help fill the need for highly skilled graduates in areas like agriculture, business, and communications.

With the passage of time, architectural drawing became brick and mortar. LIU is now creating leaders in areas essential to building a strong foundation to support a growing country.

GNPI-Uganda has been privileged to develop a partnership integral to LIU’s effectiveness, teaching key communications classes. They are training the leaders of tomorrow in knowledge so that they can impact their world for Christ, in their churches and the marketplace.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at how and why GNPI-Uganda partners with LIU, helping to prepare ethical, employable, and empowered students.

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